A rich historical novel and family saga whose characters are fully developed and realized. Courtenay takes us into the fascinating worlds of the Australian Bush, fashion and the garment industry, religious bigotry, the horrors of World War II and VIetnam, and the struggles of a proud family. Every character engaged me and won my sympathy and interest. Humphrey Bower, the reader is a consummate artist. His performance is phenomenal.
My first review. Unless you like Nazi officer ranks verbalized in German, repeated descriptions of bodily functions and waste, and other revolting details, do not buy this book. I could not listen for more than the first hour.
Furst leads the reader into multi-cultural, multi-ethnic pre-Second World War Thessaloniki (Salonika) with a fascinating spy story. One can almost taste the grilled octopus and retsina wine, and smell the Aegean Sea. The Swastika looms large as the characters face the inevitability of war.
Stopped listening after two hours. Originality is lacking --- one can easily anticipate the unfolding story. Narrator uninteresting.
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